How to bar elected officials from promoting religion

April 11, 2014 

In an effort to avoid a theocracy, described by Webster's collegiate dictionary as 1. A state, policy, or group of people that claims a deity as its ruler, 2. Government by a priestly class claiming to have divine authority, as in the Papacy.

Amendment 1 to the Constitution states, in part, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Section 1 of article II of the U.S. Constitution should be used as a guide to prohibit all elected civil servants from violating article 1 of the Constitution by the establishment or incursion of religion in any level of government. That is, include it in the oath of office.

PS: Abortion and anti-gay/lesbian opinions are both religious matters and have no place in the legislative process.

Thomas J. Murphy

Bradenton

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